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In compliance with state mandate, school renews practice of saying the pledge of allegiance

The pledge is aired over the speakers each day during seminar for students and staff to recite
By Luke Wood
Students in math teacher Angela Weigel’s seminar class stand for the pledge of allegiance Friday, Oct. 6.

The pledge of allegiance has been aired daily during seminar since Sept. 25. For many students, this came as a surprise, but in reality the statute which prompted the renewal of the tradition has been in place since 2014. 

The pledge has been drilled into the minds of students since early elementary school, even into middle school for some. However, once students reached the high school level, the pledge seemed to no longer exist.

By Quin Peters

Though in actuality, Kansas Statute 72-5308 was realized in 2014 as a mandate for patriotic exercises. It includes a daily recognition of the pledge of allegiance, flag etiquette, legal holidays such as memorial day and says school boards should adopt any of these as necessary. 

The district was recently made aware of the mandate and began to bring back the pledge of allegiance as a result. Principal Dr. Gail Holder explains via email about how she found out about the statute.

“I heard about the state mandate two weeks ago,” Holder said. “We implemented it as soon as I was made aware.”

Once notified, Holder immediately spoke with MVTV to implement the pledge of allegiance into the daily announcements. 

The new routine has been met with mixed reactions from both students and staff. Sophomore Jordan Powell believes it is unnecessary, old fashioned and political. 

“I don’t agree with the ideals that standing for the pledge portrays,” Powell said.

Students like Powell who don’t support the pledge still have the option of not standing when it is said during seminar, according to the Supreme Court. In the 1943 case of West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette, the Supreme Court concluded that students cannot be compelled to recite the pledge of allegiance and students who choose not to cannot be punished for doing so.

I am pleased that students and staff have embraced this new moment.

— Principal Dr. Gail Holder

However, some people, like French teacher Denise Smith support the revival of the pledge. Throughout her time as a student and her career as a teacher, Smith has stood for the pledge daily. She finds it to be an important thing to have in school and in general. 

“My father is a veteran and I have several friends who are currently in their 20th year of serving,” Smith said. “[As a result,] I have a totally different outlook on the pledge of allegiance. We would not have our freedom without those people.”

According to Holder, though the pledge seems new to students and some staff, it has actually been said at the high school level in the past. She explains that it fell out of practice when the school made the switch away from having a teacher lead morning announcements. Despite the initial change, Holder is glad to see the school adopting the tradition again.

“Now that we are aware of the state mandate and we have MVTV [daily announcements] we are good to go,” Holder said. “I am pleased that students and staff have embraced this new moment.”

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Hailey Perrin, JagWire reporter/photographer
This is junior Hailey Perrin’s second year on the JagWire staff. She is looking forward to another year of designing and some more exploring in writing and photography. Outside of the newspaper room she enjoys traveling, anything creative and photography. If she is not doing one of those things she will be with her friends having the time of her life.
Quin Peters, JagWire reporter/photographer
This is sophomore Quin Peters’ first year on the JagWire staff. She will be exploring the roles of writer and designer for the newspaper this year. Outside of school, Quin crochets, reads, writes creatively and is involved in art. Quin is a member of several clubs at the school, including National Art Honor Society, Youth for Refugees, Women’s Empowerment, Scholars Bowl, Creative Writing Club and Model UN.
Luke Wood, JagWire photo editor
This is senior Luke Wood’s third year on the JagWire newspaper staff and he will be continuing in his role of photo editor. Outside of the JagWire staff, Luke works on his cars, plays video games  and plays baseball. Other activities Luke enjoys include listening to music, welding and riding jet skis. Luke is very excited to have fun in his last year in high school.

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